What To Do With The Kids During Spring Break?

March 14, 2005 – Posted at 4:57 p.m. CST

REGION 8 -- For most students in Region 8, spring break is right around the corner. And for some families that means a time for relaxing vacations, but for working or single parents, it can be a challenge to figure out what to do with the kids.

"We have enough here to keep them busy, to keep them out of trouble while they are on spring break," said Pat Austin of the Paragould Community Center.

The newly opened Paragould Community Center has racquetball, basketball and a running track to keep kids occupied, and there's no charge to go.

"It's a safe environment out here," said Austin, "And there's someone on staff the whole time this building is open and so you can feel sure that your kids are going to be in good hands when they are here."

For those little ones who love the outdoors, a three-day program at the Crowley's Ridge State Park is waiting.

"At the camp we're going to be doing some canoeing, we'll also be doing some nature programs, nature hikes, mammal programs, reptile and amphibian," said Becky Low, park interpreter for the Crowley's Ridge State Park.

The program is for students in grades first through fourth and costs $40 dollars. For a registration packet, call the Crowley's Ridge State Park at (870) 573-6751.

"It is a fun filled day," said Low, "It is going to be packed full of adventure and excitement."

Not all spring break activities have to be outside or consist of running around. Students can exercise their brainpower over the break just by curling up with a good book.

And the library is the perfect--and free--place for kids to catch up on all their favorite books. Family programs start on Monday at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. For kids ages four to pre-kindergarten, programs are on Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. And for children under the age of three, a PeeWee Program begins on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and again at 10:45 a.m. For more information, contact the library at (870) 935-5133.

"Hopefully during spring break they'll get to read something they want to read," said Craighead County and Jonesboro Public Librarian Kay Taylor, "Last week was really hard, they had all their tests and everything and they have to do so much studying and hopefully during spring break, they can read something just for fun."